The European Union and Azerbaijan have reiterated their comminemnt to further develop relations between them and to work to finalise a new bilateral agreement.
Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy met on Monday (14 May) in Brussels with visiting Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov. They discussed EU-Azerbaijan relations, including the ongoing negotiations on a new bilateral agreement and cooperation in the context of the Eastern Partnership.
"Both sides underlined their commitment to continuing these discussions and to further developing EU-Azerbaijan cooperation and dialogue, including on connectivity, economic diversification, energy and trade as well democracy and fundamental rights", and EU statement said.
"The High Representative and the Minister also spoke about developments in the wider region, in particular the need to preserve the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA) following the announcement by the US President", the statement added.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Federica Morgherini and Elmar Mammadyarov at their meeting in Brussels on 14 May 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry)
On 20 January 26,000 Soviet troops entered Baku and massacred large numbers of civilians who were calling for the restoration of Azerbaijan independence. In Azerbaijan the day is often referred to as Black January.